Paul Ryan: GOP Has Got to Expand Appeal
Also, he's not going to talk about a 2016 run in 2013
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2013 1:10 PM CST
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives at the swearing-in for President Obama at the US Capitol, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Paul Ryan made his first talk-show appearance since the 2012 election, so obviously it's time to ask him about his ambitions for the 2016 election and watch him dodge the question: Calling such talk "premature," Ryan added, “I’ve got an important job to do. I represent Wisconsin, (and) I’m chairman of the Budget Committee at a time of a fiscal crisis.” More substantively, he took on his party's future, saying the GOP "obviously" has to "expand our appeal. We have to show our ideas are better at fighting poverty. How our ideas are better at solving health care." And then on gun control, he seemed open, saying, “the question of whether or not a criminal is getting a gun is a question we need to look at.” More from the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Dianne Feinstein on Sandy Hook: It was an “epiphany. This is the hardest of the hard. You reach a point where enough is enough. I can see the NRA is venal. The NRA has become an institution of gun manufacturers.”
  • John McCain on immigration reform: "We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were born here, who were brought here by their parents when they were small children live in the shadows as well. I think the time is right.”
  • Newt Gingrich on gun control: “The term 'assault weapon' is propaganda. This is a serious question where we ought to look at the facts and not create propaganda.”
  • Feinstein on Hillary Clinton in 2016: "I think she's accomplished an incredible record and really has really unbridled popularity. I am a fan. I would love it if she would run."
  • Bob Corker on Clinton's Benghazi handling: “The deception around the Benghazi issue did not come from the State Department, and no doubt emanated from Susan Rice."
  • Stanley McChrystal likes Chuck Hagel: "Of course he'll build relationships as he goes. He has already got a lot of credibility. I don't think it will be a problem."

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Jan 28, 2013 9:52 PM CST
Paul Ryan is fairly young damage goods that may be repaired. He is not a strong column for the Grand Old Party (GOP) which he is attached too. No one person has set a good example for the “Republican Party” for the pass eight years. The members of congress that belong to the Republican Party has major disagreements among themselves. Paul Ryan seem to know that he cannot make a positive impression on the GOP with his lone ideals. Mr. Ryan must repair himself quickly if he desires notoriety from “We the People, which includes many people that proclaim to be diehard republicans. Paul Ryan is correct. "GOP Has Got to Expand Appeal".
Jan 28, 2013 2:55 PM CST
Ryan added nothing to the Romney campaign and he hopes we forget how little value he added. He is creepy and an unbending ideologue. He wants to cut social security but defends the fact his own family has received financial help for decades. What a two-faced shit.
Jan 28, 2013 10:58 AM CST
The man is a genius...LOL